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7 Classic Mistakes that Values Programmes Make
The Act of Will
Competing Commitments
Context - a powerful tool for change
Core Qualities
Covert Processes - the Hidden Forces that Prevent Change
The Creative Process
Creating Sustained Change - The Ideal Self 1
Creating Sustained Change - The Ideal Self 2
Desire and Addiction
Faulty Thinking and the ABC Model
From Know-How to Do-How
From Know-How to Do-How
Guilt is Good for You!
The Miracle Question
Managing Progression and Regression
Shifting Stuck Patterns
Single, Double, and Triple-Loop Change
Star Diagram / Personality Functions
Stages of Change
Working Identity
Traps - How We Delude Ourselves
Your First 100 Days

I've never been sure about where I stand on affirmations (eg, "Every day and in every way I am getting better and better") - are they flaky New Age superstition or a practical tool for changing your life? On the other hand, one technique for evoking change (from the Inner Game and from solution-focussed therapy) that I have found to be very effective is noticing key variables and scaling them (for example by asking the question "On a scale of 1 to 10, how efficiently are you working at this moment?"). Rather improbably, repeatedly getting an answer to such a question will tend to move the variable being noticed in the appropriate direction (so in this example, you will find that your efficiency increases).

Repeating an Affirmation also has the effect of focusing us on the variable we want to change. But what the scaling question adds is the ability to notice exactly how the variable is changing - and it is this concrete information that then drives an automatic learning process that leads to a change in our behaviour. Try it and see!

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